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For many years, American consumers understood that flossing was the most effective way to remove stray food particles and plaque from between teeth and the gum line. When these materials are not cleaned away, they can promote tooth decay and harden into tartar, leading to gum disease.

In recent years, several oral hygiene product manufacturers have improved the potency of the antiseptic mouthwash they offer. This has tempted some to turn to exorbitant marketing claims to promote sales.

While it’s true that some of the higher quality antiseptic mouthwash brands can significantly help kill oral bacteria, they still cannot replace the effectiveness of traditional dental floss.

Should you forgo flossing, some physical material will inevitably remain. The natural bacteria living in your mouth will inevitably bloom again in these areas, leaving your oral health at further risk.

This is not to say that antiseptic mouthwash cannot play an important role in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Each evening after you are done brushing and flossing, giving your mouth a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash can significantly reduce the bacterial load while also helping to wash away loose food particles.

If you live in the Brigham City, Utah, area and you have concerns about the quality of your daily oral hygiene routine, you can always call 435.723.6120 to ask a question of one of the staff members at Dr. Jody W. Adams’s dental office.